ARLINGTON (CBS11) – Despite promises of more amenities, a roof and air conditioning, some Texas Rangers fans are squeamish about the idea of bulldozers knocking down the current ballpark.
“I don’t want to see it go,” said Rangers fan Mimi McBroom. “Everyone has got too many memories here!”
Globe Life Park has seen division championship banners hoisted and hosted two World Series.
“You know this is where it all started with the win the playoffs started happening when we got into this thing,” said fan Paul Ayala. “So, yeah. I think it would be good to keep it.
And plans about to be unveiled by the Rangers will mean new life for the current stadium.
“The Ballpark in Arlington, now called Globe Life Park, will not be bulldozed,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “It will still be standing.”
So how does the old brick and marble ballpark fit into the plans for a shiny new ballpark, hotel and entertainment center?
The current ballpark had a trick built into it few know about so it could have a life beyond baseball. The concourses are wider than those at many ballparks.
“Those concourses were originally designed by the architect so that they could be repurposed for restaurants retail or convention center space,” Williams said. “So there’s great opportunity there. It’s news the mayor hopes will lure voters sitting on the fence about funding a new stadium.”
The Rangers could convert the entire ten acres into commercial, retail and park space. And they’ll leave the office space in centerfield still standing. It’s news the mayor hopes will be a hit with undecided voters.
“Oh, I think it’s a huge factor,” Mayor Williams said. “Because all of us love the ballpark and to see the opportunity here for it to be here used and to contribute here as we move forward I think it’s an awesome thing.”
“If they could turn it into office buildings or anything else as long as it’s still here because it’s just a beautiful, beautiful ballpark,” McBroom said.
The Rangers are expected to reveal more details about their plans at a new conference Tuesday.
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